GiFT Practice Changes During COVID-19
The Coronavirus pandemic has affected the entire world. At GiFT’s Distribution Center, we’ve made some changes to ensure safe operations. GiFT will adhere to recommendations of the CDC and local authorities. As recommendations evolve, the following practices may be amended. Updated June 2, 2020
Screening - All persons at GIFT shall self screen within 24 hours prior to arrival. If you answer YES to any of the following questions, you are NOT permitted at GiFT.
1. Have you been diagnosed with COVID-19 in the past 14 days?
2. Do you live with someone who has been diagnosed with COVID-19 in the past 14 days?
3. Have you had unprotected contact with someone diagnosed with COVID-19 in the past 14 days?
4. Have you had new (or unexplained) onset of the following symptoms in the last 14 days?: fever/chills, sore throat, difficulty breathing, unexplained muscle aches, cough, fatigue, headache, loss of sense of smell/taste, nasal congestion not related to allergies, nausea, vomiting, diarrhea.
Masking - All persons entering SFH on behalf of GiFT shall wear face covering while on hospital property. Masks may be removed for hydration, nutrition, and when alone in a GiFT room with the door closed. Cloth and/or disposable mask available on-site.
Social Distance - keep 6 foot distance when possible, 2 person maximum per room at GiFT, 8 person maximum total at GiFT at any given time.
Volunteers - Volunteers less than 18 years old must be accompanied by an adult and comply with masking and social distance practices.
Enhanced hand hygiene - Soap and water wash (minimum 20 seconds) upon arrival, after restroom, before eating, if hands are visibly soiled, and before leaving. Use hand sanitizer EACH time you enter AND leave a room at GiFT. Use moisturizer for hands to prevent drying and cracking. Clean, single-use, disposable gloves may be worn when indicated, discard after each use.
Enhanced cleaning/sanitation - with an antiseptic spray solution or wipe, clean all hard surfaces in the Distribution Center upon arrival. Include counters, tables, door knobs, keyboards, light switches, pens, and drawer handles. High use areas wiped down between each family package and every 4 hours minimum.
Family Pick-ups - Must be scheduled in advance with ample time between pickups. At scheduled pick up time: family pulls car up to GiFT Distribution Center at St. Francis Hall, call or text GiFT (314) 472-3392, open trunk and stay in car. GiFT staff/volunteers will bring packages and load directly into the family trunk/car. Digital Confirmation of Delivery will be sent to individual picking up via text or email.
Sanitation Station located in each GiFT room- contains hand sanitizer, skin moisturizer, and surface cleaner.
THANK YOU for helping GiFT keep our community safe and healthy during this challenging time. We look forward to hugging our families and our volunteers once this has passed. In the meantime, we’re sending virtual hugs!